#1
I first picked up the guitar a few years ago, but never really got that into it. Now I'm thinking of getting back into it and possibly getting a new guitar. My major gripe when I first tried playing guitar was my hand size. I have relatively small hands (my middle finger is a little under 3 inches) and on my guitar most things felt like a stretch. I currently have an Epiphone SG Special. I've heard things about Ibanez guitars having smaller necks, and neck shape was brought to my attention when I tried my friend's U shaped neck that did feel a bit better. I'm still lost because there's so many guitar and I know so little D: Any help would be greatly appreciated.
#2
What's your style? Budget? and Preference?
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#3
Ah right. Forgot to mention all of that, heh. Not too preferential, and my budget is about $400. I'd probably lean more towards playing rock/metal, but I have an interest in blues as well. Basically, a nice all-around guitar.
#4
Hmm maybe a used Epiphone Les Paul studio? According to reviews it pretty boss, what sort of amp are you running?
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#5
I would suggest the Ibanez Mikro GRGM21. It's has a much shorter scale (22.5, compared to 25 I think), 24 frets, and will make you the master of tuning. It has some tuning issues for sure, but I say it just makes you better at it. It's only $130, but you could probably find another short scale guitar with a little more quality, but it was my first guitar, and it's done me good so far. Try it out and see if you like it.
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#6
Oh hell no. You could get a new epi lp standard for that... **** the studio. (which you could also get new for that $$)

You have any bridge preferences?

Edit: no offense but **** the gio ibanez too. Garbage.
Last edited by StateFarmsThere at Dec 28, 2011,
#7
Thanks for the suggestions so far, guys.
And no, no bridge preferneces.
#8
Oh man forgot about the Standard...that would be better!
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#9
Have a look at the RG370/350.
I love my old 370 and its got an inferior bridge to todays version.
Although I will say I like the sound of the epi lp standard better, its much brighter, but plays like a brick imo.
Last edited by StateFarmsThere at Dec 28, 2011,
#11
I know it is out of your budget right now, but save a little more and get yourself a Rickenbacker. They are famous for having the smallest necks around. The one complaint people have about Rics is the fact that their necks are so small. For you that would be a huge plus.
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Quote by guitarmaniac88
I would suggest the Ibanez Mikro GRGM21. It's has a much shorter scale (22.5, compared to 25 I think), 24 frets, and will make you the master of tuning. It has some tuning issues for sure, but I say it just makes you better at it. It's only $130, but you could probably find another short scale guitar with a little more quality, but it was my first guitar, and it's done me good so far. Try it out and see if you like it.

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Hmm maybe a used Epiphone Les Paul studio? According to reviews it pretty boss, what sort of amp are you running?

Quote by StateFarmsThere
Have a look at the RG370/350.
I love my old 370 and its got an inferior bridge to todays version.
Although I will say I like the sound of the epi lp standard better, its much brighter, but plays like a brick imo.

Quote by CasinoEpiphone
I know it is out of your budget right now, but save a little more and get yourself a Rickenbacker. They are famous for having the smallest necks around. The one complaint people have about Rics is the fact that their necks are so small. For you that would be a huge plus.



You can buy much better guitars for that budget and for the rickenbacker suggestion don't bother they are very expensive, CasinoEpiphone do you even know how much a rickenbacker costs?

go to a guitar shop near you and try out a number of guitars then see which neck profile fits you, some good guitars for your budget include the classic vibe series mentioned by ethan hanus
#14
Blah blah. For a NEW ibanez at 400$ the 370/350's are great guitars.
Used is way diff, but nonetheless your post is useless.
#15
I have a jackson kelly and the neck is super thin.
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Quote by MM14


go to a guitar shop near you and try out a number of guitars then see which neck profile fits you, some good guitars for your budget include the classic vibe series mentioned by ethan hanus


This. We could recommend basically every guitar on the market, and it wouldn't make a speck of difference. You need to go to the store and play guitars until you find one that feels right.
#17
for $400... Hm, I THINK there might be some good LTD's in your price range. I'm a bit of an ESP fanboy, but their guitars are consistently good (I've never played a bad one). http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/esp-ltd-ec-256-electric-guitar
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You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
#18
Thanks guys. And yes, I was actually planning on going to the local shop tomorrow. I posted this to get some places to start. Hopefully they have the guitars you guys mentioned.
#19
Quote by StateFarmsThere
Blah blah. For a NEW ibanez at 400$ the 370/350's are great guitars.
Used is way diff, but nonetheless your post is useless.

im sorry but i have experienced the 350 with the shoddy edge 3 trem and i can say it's pretty damn crap, can't speak for the 370 but there are better value for money guitars out there new

your post is now useless

edit: TS look used, your money will go further
Last edited by MM14 at Dec 28, 2011,
#20
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im sorry but i have experienced the 350 with the shoddy edge 3 trem and i can say it's pretty damn crap, can't speak for the 370 but there are better value for money guitars out there new

your post is now useless

edit: TS look used, your money will go further

They have Edge Zero II's now, which are pretty much the exact same thing as the original Edge Zero except it doesn't have an intonation tool. Leaps and bounds better than the Edge III.
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Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
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Quote by oneblackened
They have Edge Zero II's now, which are pretty much the exact same thing as the original Edge Zero except it doesn't have an intonation tool. Leaps and bounds better than the Edge III.

thats good to hear considering that i remember the edge III going dreadfully out of tune mid song, although i doubt TS will want to deal with the hassle of a floating trem even if it is improved
#22
Quote by MM14
thats good to hear considering that i remember the edge III going dreadfully out of tune mid song, although i doubt TS will want to deal with the hassle of a floating trem even if it is improved

Nah, I'm not a trem guy either, which is why I returned my RG7620 for a hardtail.
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Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
#23
TS, look at a Telecaster. Look at whatever model fits into your budget. Does pretty much everything (even metal, depending on amp, etc.,) but for me, I found going to a narrower neck helped as opposed to going for a flatter one. Asking what kind of Tele may require an additional thread though.

However, for my hand, which are fairly small, the Wizard II necks on many Ibanez guitars are just tasty.

Or you could get the OLM sig. The guitarist, Omar Lopez(?) is from The Mars Volta. Its got a 24" scale, but may be suited less towards the fat tones of blues and rock, and more towards brighter sounds of...whatever The Mars Volta plays.
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#24
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for the rickenbacker suggestion don't bother they are very expensive, CasinoEpiphone do you even know how much a rickenbacker costs?



I have two of them so, yes, I do know how much a Rickenbacker costs. But clearly you do not. Sure, everyone thinks Rics are super expensive. Maybe they are at the big music stores, but if you know how to shop, if you know where to look to find Rickenbacker dealers, you would discover that a "super expensive" Ric can be had for about $600-$700 less.

Shop! Deal! It is unbeleivable that people buy new guitars at outrageous prices. There are mom and pop stores that sell these high end guitars at prices that blow your mind. I bought myself a brand new Gretsch White Falcon for close to a thousand dollars less than what other people pay. Nearly a thousand dollars less!
#25
Quote by CasinoEpiphone


I have two of them so, yes, I do know how much a Rickenbacker costs. But clearly you do not. Sure, everyone thinks Rics are super expensive. Maybe they are at the big music stores, but if you know how to shop, if you know where to look to find Rickenbacker dealers, you would discover that a "super expensive" Ric can be had for about $600-$700 less.


I dunno about you but a Ric isn't exactly a guitar I'd wanna use for anything outside of 60's jangle-rock. Definitely not a "metal guitar". And besides that, good luck finding a Ric for $400.

Their basses are a different story, they sound killer for thrash.
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Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
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Quote by CasinoEpiphone


I have two of them so, yes, I do know how much a Rickenbacker costs. But clearly you do not. Sure, everyone thinks Rics are super expensive. Maybe they are at the big music stores, but if you know how to shop, if you know where to look to find Rickenbacker dealers, you would discover that a "super expensive" Ric can be had for about $600-$700 less.

Shop! Deal! It is unbeleivable that people buy new guitars at outrageous prices. There are mom and pop stores that sell these high end guitars at prices that blow your mind. I bought myself a brand new Gretsch White Falcon for close to a thousand dollars less than what other people pay. Nearly a thousand dollars less!

yes there are mom and pop stores that sell things at very good prices but even if he were to find a rickenbacker for $600-$700 less then it would still be way out of his a budget. Any way with a budget of $400 i'm going to assume that TS is under 18 and doesn't have a job at the moment, if he were to save up for the difference of the rickenbacker it would take him a very long time saving up.

The cheapest rickenbacker i can find used is $1295, even if you take away $600 off that guitar's price it'll be $695, nearly $300 more than TS's budget. Do your math

EDIT:
A rockinbetter, rickenbacker copy might be in his price range though
Last edited by MM14 at Dec 29, 2011,
#27
The point is this: SAVE and get the best guitar out there.

Look, if we didn't all commit to saving we'd all be playing Squires. No one would ever be buying a Ric, or a Les Paul, or a White Falcon. This original poster knows what he wants. Why not just take some time and save and get exactly what would be right for him?

I blew $400 because I bought an Epiphone SG. It was cool at first, but I use it now just as a beater. I should have just been patient and saved and bought the real deal Gibson SG.

Unless you were born wealthy, the top guitars need some saving on your part to get. It can be done and in the end it is worth it. This original poster will end up blowing $400. He'll buy something just alright and keep wishing he had saved and bought something better.
#28
Quote by CasinoEpiphone
The point is this: SAVE and get the best guitar out there.

Look, if we didn't all commit to saving we'd all be playing Squires. No one would ever be buying a Ric, or a Les Paul, or a White Falcon. This original poster knows what he wants. Why not just take some time and save and get exactly what would be right for him?

I blew $400 because I bought an Epiphone SG. It was cool at first, but I use it now just as a beater. I should have just been patient and saved and bought the real deal Gibson SG.

Unless you were born wealthy, the top guitars need some saving on your part to get. It can be done and in the end it is worth it. This original poster will end up blowing $400. He'll buy something just alright and keep wishing he had saved and bought something better.

Look TS is only a beginner that is looking to get back to playing guitar he doesn't need to spend that much money on a top end guitar, what if he spends a grand and ends up giving up? That'll be $1000 down the toilet.

What people do is buy a decent guitar when they start and then as they get better they buy a guitar that suits their needs and their skill level, if people did things your way we'd all be spending more time saving than actually playing a guitar and shelling out bags of money for dream guitars that aren't suited towards us. There'd be 12 year olds everywhere saving up for custom les pauls and strats but then when they get them they won't be able to appreciate the quality of the guitars because they'd still only be learning how to play smoke on the water or highway to hell.